A NEW VOICE

Comic Moe Mitchell joins the cast of Q100’s The Bert Show

STORY: Lia Picard
Cassandra Young Photography

Maurice “Moe” Mitchell was born to be an entertainer. The Atlanta transplant is the newest voice on WWWQ-FM radio’s The Bert Show, but even as a kid he would flex his creative muscles. “I used to write poetry and music at a very young age. Back before I can even remember, I […]

REAL ESTATE BY DAY, ACTING BY NIGHT

Katrina Stroup opens a new theater company with her acting colleagues

STORY: Jim Farmer
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

When she was on stage as a young child, Katrina Stroup realized she had aspirations to perform for the rest of her life. Singing in her church choir and getting cast at age 5 in a production of The Adventures of Peter Cottontail led to other roles, as well as some commercials. […]

SHARING THE JOY OF MUSIC

Buckhead resident Jennifer Wiggin brings music education back to area youth

Jennifer Wiggin has been playing the viola since she was in the fifth grade. Today, she shares her love for the instrument, as well as the violin, cello and bass, with budding musicians as the executive director of Buckhead Strings, a local organization offering stringed-instrument lessons and camps to area youth.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Wiggin […]

A VOICE EVERYONE KNOWS

This Sandy Springs resident is heard by millions daily

In her line of work, Susan Bennett is used to being somewhat invisible. That’s the reality of most voice actors, who bring all sorts of characters to life without achieving much public adulation. Bennett is anything but obscure these days, though. She is the original—and recognizable—English voice of Siri, Apple’s automated personal assistant.

It never dawned on Bennett that […]

GET REEL

Buckhead’s Kenny Blank heads up the world’s largest Jewish film festival

Kenny Blank was always interested in entertainment, even staging puppet shows for his family as a child. These days, he has a job that puts him squarely in that arena—serving as the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the city’s most-attended film festival and the world’s largest Jewish film festival.

Born in Queens, New York, […]

KITCHEN WHIZ KID

Young Little Chef Ivy wants to steer kids toward better eating

Don’t let her age, or her size, fool you. Ivy Angst, aka Little Chef Ivy, may only be 11 years old, but she is already a force in the kitchen, as well as a staunch advocate for more healthful menus, challenging the way restaurants and her peers look at nutrition.

Ivy has been cooking for two years […]

PUTTING ON A BRAVES FACE

This Sandy Springs resident combines her love of sports with journalism

These days, Greer Howard knows more about the Atlanta Braves and the goings-on at SunTrust Park than virtually anyone else around her. That’s because Howard handles on-camera hosting duties for the hometown baseball team.

Although she long wanted to get into journalism, it was only during college that she pursued it. When she was growing up in […]

TV BECOMES HER

Buckhead’s Cara Kneer is a morning television fixture

Growing up in the small town of Covington, Indiana, Cara Kneer longed to be a Broadway performer one day. Her parents were supportive of her dreams but did rein her in a bit and eventually steered her to a more realistic job—in journalism.

These days, she’s an experienced, versatile broadcast journalist who can be seen weekday mornings as a host […]

SECOND CHANCES

After an accident, a Buckhead teen jump starts her recording career

It was like any other basketball game she had played in since she was 7 years old. Yet when Ella Collier took an unexpected spill on the court and lost consciousness for several minutes, the then 14-year-old flirted with death. Collier is fine now, but the incident has prompted her to maximize every moment and aggressively […]

JAZZ FIX

Area establishments offer hard to find listening experiences

The musicians of Joe Gransden’s band stir up the night at Cafe 290

Atlanta’s reputation as a music capital is well earned, but for all the sounds that spring from the city, live jazz is not easy to find—in Buckhead or its surroundings. Events such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 26-28) provide a weekend of distinguished […]